Easy home emergency kit

27 March 2018

Did you know that it’s a government recommendation that every home has an emergency kit with food and water to last 3 days? Being prepared by having the right resources on-hand could eliminate a great deal of stress if there is an emergency.

While there are plenty of pre-assembled emergency kits you can purchase, you can easily put together your own.

Emergency kit basics items are:

  • Walking shoes, warm clothes, a raincoat and a hat.
  • Blankets or sleeping bags
  • Torch (with spare batteries)
  • Radio (with spare batteries)
  • First aid kit
  • Essential medicines
  • Toilet paper and large rubbish bags 
  • Face and dust masks 
  • Pet supplies 
  • Food (non-perishable) and water for 3+ days
  • A can opener
  • Something to cook with (such as a gas BBQ)

Remember, these are the minimum and are additional to the portable getaway kit which is also recommended by the government.

Sanity savers:

  • Baby wipes
  • Head lamp
  • Ear plugs
  • Hand sanitiser
  • Chapstick
  • Mobile phone, charger and power bank
  • Identification (birth and marriage certificates, driver’s licences and passports)
  • Financial documents (e.g. insurance policies and mortgage information)
  • Precious family photos


  • If you can't buy everything at once, add an item or two to your grocery list each week to start building up your emergency kit gradually.
  • Keep a laminated copy of your checklist with your kit. Use a whiteboard marker to keep track of the items.
  • Check all your batteries every 3 months.
  • Check and replace food and water every twelve months
  • Ensure your food and water supplies include supplies for pets and children.

For more information, check out the emergency survival information on getthru.co.nz.

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